Two Saturdays ago, Virginia Tech lost starting linebacker Jeron Gouveia-Winslow to a season-ending Lisfranc sprain in his left foot. The Hokies played Saturday without Jayron Hosley, one of the top cornerbacks in the country.
In their win against Boston College yesterday, Tech took a trio of injury hits to a defense that exited the game ranked tenth in the nation in points allowed.
The walking — or limping, as the case may be — wounded coming out of the 30-14 win? Linebacker Bruce Taylor (no relation, but pictured) suffered a foot injury in the third quarter and did not return; LB Alonzo Tweedy with a second-quarter ankle injury; and defensive end James Gayle after aggravating a left ankle injury.
Gayle missed last weekend’s win over Wake Forest with the ankle issue, while Tweedy was Gouveia-Winslow’s replacement. It’s unclear what if any time the three players will miss due to the health issues, and might not be known with any degree of certainty until Tech releases their injury report Thursday.
“A lot of people have injuries this time of the year,” head coach Frank Beamer said by way of the Washington Post. “I think we’ve had more than our share, but the next guy has got to step up.”
The No. 16 Hokies travel to Duke this weekend.